Is it possible for #BCH to exceed #BTC? If the answer is yes, when? What will the ABC Team do to protect the interests of miners after halving?
It is possible for BCH to exceed BTC in value, because BTC doesn’t have the same growth potential. However, this will be difficult to achieve and require laser focus. Unfortunately, BCH’s ecosystem efforts are scattered which prevents progress. Bitcoin, any flavor of Bitcoin, require the cooperation of many participants, such as miners, node software developers, entrepreneurs who build services, and so on.
It is tempting for these actors to fight each others in order to gain control over Bitcoin. And, while they can achieve some control doing so, they cannot do so without damaging their own wealth. and the one of other Bitcoiners. The BTC ecosystem understand this very well, but the BCH ecosystem not so much. This leads to many power struggle and key opinion leader supporting these struggles as good, or even providing resources to increase the struggle. This diverts a lot of time, attention and resource toward things that do not help BCH grow, and, as a result, make all ecosystem participants poorer.
As to when this happens, well, it is not in my hands. It will happen when the ecosystem realize it needs to be laser focused on growth and build a strong enough immune system against troublemakers. When you see such efforts being met with skepticism instead of having resources and attention thrown at it, then BCH will be able to focus on growth and eventually overtake BTC.
The ABC team provides the node software that most miners are using to mine BCH. Most of the 3rd party software that miner can use to mine use ABC code for the consensus layer — at the exception of Bitcoin Verde and BCHD. By ensuring this code is well maintained and well tested, we ensure that miners stay in consensus and can benefit from mining. We also produce a new release every 2 weeks that often contain improvements of the RPC API used by miners. Our latest version, 0.21.7, contains numerous performance improvement to this RPC API that will benefit miners — for miners, time is money and so are optimization.
But ultimately, the most important things that can durably protect miners against halving is the value of the coin increasing. I would then call for miner to cooperate with us and help us ensure we can do a good job making a stable and predictable infrastructure that the ecosystem can build upon. Growing the ecosystem is how we increase the value of the coin and, in return, ensure that miner can benefit from mining even after the halving.